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Redford says getting sense some public servants OK with wage restraint bill

EDMONTON — Premier Alison Redford says she’s getting a sense from public servants that they understand why she is imposing a wage restraint deal on Alberta’s largest union.

Redford says they understand her government needs a contract in line with the pay freezes taken by doctors and teachers.

Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees have held numerous demonstrations at the legislature since Redford’s government introduced Bill 46 last week.

The bill would remove the right of the 21,000-member union to go to binding arbitration in the current round of bargaining.

It would impose a four-year deal of wage freezes followed by one per cent pay hikes unless the union comes back to the table to negotiate.

NDP Leader Brian Mason says the deal is a fundamental breach of faith of collective bargaining, and says he doesn’t believe Redford’s claim that some civil servants are for it.

 
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